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Hi I'm Terence

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I are approaching our 50th wedding anniversary. We have six children and 19 grand-children. I retired after a 42-year career in journalism, the last 32 as a university faculty member and continue to pursue freelance writing and photography. I'm an ardent genealogist. For many years I wrote a self-syndicated genealogy column and have spoken at genealogy conferences and workshops. I'm currently writing two books; a biography of my paternal grandfather and a book on my paternal great grandfather's Civil War experiences. My life has been devoted to family, career, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to public service. I've been privileged to fulfill many local priesthood leadership callings and to receive my professional society's highest hoor, The Professional Award, for excellence in creativity, leadership and professionalism. While raising our brood of six children, during the summer we swam six days a week with rare exception. In the winter we swam weekly, even walking to the indoor pool in sub-zero temperatures. We also enjoyed canoeing and white water rafting. I love life and living it fully. Current recreational interests include photography and travel. In a one-day visit to Butchart Gardens in Canada, I shot 1,949 pictures! As a freelance writer, I continue a life-long fascination with agriculture and greatly enjoy associating with farmers, who are the salt of the earth!

Why I am a Mormon

Although my maternal ancestors were among the earliest members of the Mormon Church, I was raised a Protestant following my grandmother's death giving birth to my mother. I was unaware of my maternal heritage until I encountered a 17-year-old LDS Deacon, Charles Malcom Web Jr. (now deceased), in Japan. We were serving in the Air Force. Charles' enthusiasm for the Mormon Church was infectious and soon I was studying LDS literature and attending meetings. In one of those meetings, during which members were bearing their testimonies, I had what Protestants call and epiphany--a powerful, motivating spiritual manifestation. It changed my life, all for the better. I have a testimony of many things; but none stronger nor more valuable than that living the Gospel of Jesus Christ provides the most rewarding, happiest and joyful life that we can experience here in this mortal sphere. I also have faith that keeping the Savior's commandments in this life is an essential step towards eternal life with God, our father in heaven.

How I live my faith

I earnestly believe that living a good Christian life--i.e., keeping the Savior's commandments--begins in the home, in our relationships with our spouse and children. So I try to be a loving husband, father and grandfather. That also extends to my neighbors, my colleagues at work, indeed, with all with whom I interact. Success in this endeavor brings joy; failure brings unhappiness and sorrow. That's when the principle of repentance and forgiveness are sorely needed, and I am deeply grateful for this aspect of the Gospel. I believe good Christians should be good citizens, which implies that they should engage in community service and charitable causes. I served many years as president of my community's library board of trustees and currently serve on the cemetery board. I helped support bonds to build a new community hospital by putting a 4'x8' sign on my utility trailer, which I drove around town and parked at various locations where it was visible to high traffic flows. My wife and I enjoy delivering meals-on-wheels and supporting other worthy programs and projects. One of the principles of the Mormon way of life involves attendance of weekly worship services and sharing a portion of the work involved in promoting and sustaining the local unit, which we call a "ward." Most denominations refer to it as a congregation. It is necessary for each member to accept a portion of the work because we have no paid clergy. The head of our ward is a bishop, but he has to support his family the same as all of the rest of us. He may earn his bread as a barber, a baker, a policeman, a professor, a carpenter, a farmer, or any other worthy craft or profession. He leads, but depends on a large number of members willing to help. It has been my pleasure to be one of those helpers, sometimes in small roles and sometimes in large ones that demanded long hours of service. It always was a great blessing to me and to my family.